Planet China

Taipei toupee

Over the past 18 months, China has been encouraging visits from Taiwanese – that is, unless those visitors are bald.

According to the Liberty Times of Taipei, Chinese authorities commonly rejected visa applications from bald men, fearing that such individuals could don wigs to disguise themselves. They could thus “threaten national security” through spying.

However, Taiwan TV now reports that the authorities have cancelled the restriction – which saw officials in Fujian province reject bald applicants who wanted one year multiple entry permits. The rule has been quietly dropped for fear that it might be considered a form of unfair treatment. A spokesman for Taiwan’s Travel Agent Association told media: “It would probably have raised the question of discrimination if Chinese customs officials were to ask visitors to remove their wigs.”


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